1960 Briggs Cunningham #1 Le Mans Race Corvette Goes to Auction

1960 Briggs Cunningham #1 Le Mans Race Corvette Goes to Auction

1960 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette History, Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives, Corvette Racing News, Corvettes at Auction
1960 Chevrolet Corvette Briggs Cunningham LeMans Race Car Theodore W. Pieper ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's 1960 Briggs Cunningham #1 Le Mans Race Corvette Going to RM Auctions May 22, 2021, at Amelia Island One of the earliest cars from Corvette’s endurance racing past is headed for auction at RM Sotheby’s 2021 Amelia Island auction.  The 1960 Briggs Cunningham #1 Le Mans Race Car could bring over $1.3M. This will be sold at No Reserve! The RM Sotheby’s auction at Amelia Island is on May 22, 2021. The preview starts Thursday the 20th from 10 AM until 7 PM and continues on Friday. Saturday the preview starts at 9 AM and the Auction begins at 11 AM. Also during the Amelia Island Concours, on Friday, May 21, 2021, Chevrolet Motorsports…
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1956 Corvette History, Features and Specifications

1956 Corvette History, Features and Specifications

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information
Today on the Vette Vues blog, we are looking at the 1956 Corvette's history, features, specifications, and some great Corvette photos. Just three years after its introduction, Corvette was under attack from within as Chevrolet and GM management considered disappointing sales. But it was under the protection of three very powerful advocates: Harley Earl, Chevrolet President Ed Cole, and engineer Zora Arkus Duntov. Earl, Cole and Duntov were determined to establish Corvette as America’s premier sports car. But, critics said that the Corvette's styling was already aging. The 1956 C1 Corvette represented the first major redesign of the original body style. The new sports car, the 1956 Corvette, the body received a new redesign with the cove inserts and smoother exterior lines. This first-generation Corvette now offered buyers outside door…
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1956 Corvette Advertisements: Vintage & Classic

1956 Corvette Advertisements: Vintage & Classic

1956 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Vintage Corvette Advertisements
Chevrolet produced a lot of 1956 Corvette advertisements. Today on our blog we are taking a look back at some of these advertisements. We also want to share a little history of the 1956 C1 Corvette. We have included some 1956 Corvette Trivia questions for your next club get-together. 1956 had an all-new, streamlined body for the Corvette with roll-up windows. The Corvette "roadster" finally qualifies as a true "convertible." There were three engine choices now, and nearly all buyers opted for the 225 hp, dual four-barrel carbureted 265 c.i. V-8. The Corvette transmission choices were split by almost 50-50 between autos and 3-speed manual units. FIBERGLASS FACT: A rare option was the special high-lift camshaft that provided an (unofficial) output of 240 hp! Trivia Questions Here are a few…
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1957 Corvette Magazine Ads

1957 Corvette Magazine Ads

1957 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Vintage Corvette Advertisements
If you love old cars, you will love these 1957 vintage Corvette ads... Before we look at our 1957 Corvette Magazine Ads, we also want to share a little trivia.  This comes from our Vette Vues Magazine column “Rear Vues” where we feature Corvette Magazine Ads from the Ladd B. Chase Collection. In 1957, there were massive promotional campaigns from Ford Motor Company. In magazine ads, they announced “E-Day” in which a new car was going to be introduced. This would take place on September 4, 1957. 2.5 million Americans poured into dealerships around the country. “E-Day” was the debut of the 1958 model year Edsel. Enthusiasm was high! In the first year, 63,110 Edsels were sold in the United States; an additional 4,935 units were sold in Canada (to put it…
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1954 Corvette Magazine Ads and Brochures for the New C1 Sports Car

1954 Corvette Magazine Ads and Brochures for the New C1 Sports Car

1954 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives, Vintage Corvette Advertisements
Here are some 1954 Corvette Magazine ads and a few brochures that we used to promote the new C1 Corvette. As you look at the 1954 Corvette magazine ads, some will look as if they are duplicates, but there is a slight variation on them. We have also included some brochures and even some postcards. Also, we have included some other Chevrolet Magazine Ads you might enjoy seeing. There were 3,640 Corvettes produced in 1954 which was the second year for the Chevrolet Corvette roadster. While that first group, the 1953 Corvette only produced 300 units, it was offered in only one color combination of Polo White with Sportsman Red interior. The instant commercial success of the Corvette led to demand for a more diverse color palette in which to…
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Rare 1954 Corvette Bubble Top

Rare 1954 Corvette Bubble Top

1954 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information
Today we are looking back at a rare 1954 Corvette Bubble Top. GM styling chief Harley Earl commissioned approximately 20 plastic bubble canopy tops for the 1954 Corvette, most of which went to special customers and dealers.  The C1 Corvettes (first-generation)did not have a factory hardtop configuration. The base Corvette cost $2774.00. There were bubble tops for the early Corvettes produced by a handful of aftermarket companies including Model Builders of Chicago, Plasticon, and Scottop of California. The bubble tops were crafted from plexiglass and provided taller drivers a tad more headroom in the cockpit. These ran around $500. 1955 Corvette Bubble Top Vintage Magazine Ads 1955 Corvette Bubble Top Vintage Magazine Ads 1954 Corvette History Chevrolet began production of the 1954 Corvettes from its freshly refurbished St. Louis plant…
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1953 VIN 003 Cutaway Corvette Donated to the NCM

1953 VIN 003 Cutaway Corvette Donated to the NCM

1953 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette News and Archives
Car Revealed as part of National Corvette Museum's Gateway Remodel Gateway Exhibit at the National Corvette Museum A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held during the National Corvette Museum’s annual Michelin NCM Bash, introducing the more than 1,500 Corvette enthusiasts in attendance to the newest exhibit area of the Museum. Thanks to the generosity of donors to the 2018 giving campaign, visitors to the Museum will now be greeted by a welcoming admissions area leading to the completely revamped Gateway exhibit. A surprise announcement was made as part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Ed and Teresa Foss of Roanoke, Indiana, owners of the 1953 Corvette Chassis #003 (the earliest existing Corvette chassis) donated their educational cutaway utilizing the chassis to the Museum. The fully functional vehicle was built explicitly for educational and display…
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No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer

No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer

1960 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette History
In this article, we will look at some photos that appeared in Vette Vues Magazine in 2012 from Corvettes at Carlisle and some from the Bloomington Gold event in 2018 of the No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer.  But first, a little history of this unique Corvette that has been in the courts for several years. No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer at the June Bloomington Gold 2018 held at the Indianapolis Speedway.  One of three 1960 Corvettes that Briggs Cunningham raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year labeled “1,” “2,” and “3.”  The No. 3 wound up winning the race, and No. 1 and No. 2 failed to finish. No. 1 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Le Mans Corvette Racer at the…
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C1 Corvette – THE HISTORY OF BODY KITS & DRESS-UP PARTS

C1 Corvette – THE HISTORY OF BODY KITS & DRESS-UP PARTS

1953 Corvette Information, 1954 Corvette Information, 1955 Corvette Information, 1956 Corvette Information, 1957 Corvette Information, 1958 Corvette Information, 1959 Corvette Information, 1960 Corvette Information, 1961 Corvette Information, 1962 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvette Features, Corvette History
C1 Corvette History of Body Kits and Dress-up This is the first re-post of six-part series that looks back at the various custom modifications that could be installed by an owner, contracted to a shop, or purchased as turn-key vehicles. This re-post presents additional photos to those who were selected for print in VETTE VUES. At the end of the article are links to the rest of the series or Corvette Body Kits by generations. In this series, VETTE VUES presents a photographic summary of the major trends in customization, as it has evolved through the various year groups. The treatment for each year group follows a set format. Examples of kits (or parts) that were offered in that actual time period will be presented first, followed by various retro-themed…
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1953 Chevrolet Corvette Goes to Auction

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Goes to Auction

1953 Corvette Information, C1 Corvette Information, Corvettes at Auction
This 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Goes to Auction is the 30th of 300 produced and goes to auction in January 2018.  In this article, we look at several 1953 cars that were in the Motorama that year. MOTORAMA MEMORIES: From the DeAtley Collection come four shining General Motors dream vehicles Article Courtesy of Barret-Jackson and written by independent automotive journalist Tom Jensen Fine examples from the very first GM Motorama in 1953: a Buick Skylark (Lot #1353), Cadillac Eldorado (Lot #1353.1), Oldsmobile Fiesta (Lot #1353.2), and Chevrolet Corvette (Lot #1353.3) – all selling at No Reserve at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction. The American auto industry after World War II reflected both the unflappable optimism of our nation’s population and the enormous capabilities of the manufacturing sector. There was no dream too…
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